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15 Top Things To Do In Narita, Japan
- Jonathan Chum
Narita is a city in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It's most famous as the main airport serving Tokyo and the surrounding areas, but it also has some great things to explore. Narita features samurai history, temples, shrines, and beautiful gardens. Get ready for a trip you won't forget!
Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple
This temple is a great place to visit if you want to see the history of Narita. It was built in 767 and is one of the oldest temples in Japan. As you walk through this complex, you will see many traditional buildings and structures that are still used today for religious services and other rituals. There is also a beautiful garden on site that you can explore at your leisure.
There are several ways to get here from Narita Airport - by train or bus - but whichever way works best for your schedule is fine! Once there, make sure to check out some of the other things on our list like shopping or eating delicious food before heading back home!
Naritasan Fudoin Temple
The temple is dedicated to Fudo-Myoo, the Buddhist god of fire. Built-in 756AD, it was one of the three most important temples in Japan during its heyday. The main hall is famous for its two seven-story pagodas and several statues of Fudo-Myoo that date back more than 1000 years. There are also several other buildings on site including a bell tower (shōrō) and a drum tower (taiko).
You can walk from Narita Station on foot or take bus lines 100 or 101 from Terminal 2/3 to get there; it takes about 30 minutes each way by foot or 10 minutes by bus respectively. The admission fee costs between 600 yen for adults and 400 yen for children without an IC card; if you have an IC card then those fees will be discounted at 500 yen/$4US dollars per person regardless of age group!
Sojiji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Narita, Japan. It was founded in 739 and became the head temple of the Tendai sect in Japan. The temple is located on top of Mount Narita at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level. The temple is known for its beautiful cherry blossoms during springtime, which attracts many visitors from around the world every year.
Tobu World Square
Tobu World Square is an amusement park and shopping mall located in the city of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture. It's one of the biggest amusement parks in Japan and it has attractions for both children and adults. There are many rides, restaurants, shops, and even a hotel!
Many special events take place at Tobu World Square throughout the year including fireworks festivals over Lake Chuzenji, food festivals featuring Nikko cuisines such as koyama (meat simmered for hours with vegetables), mitarashi-dango (sweet dumplings served on skewers) or yuba (tofu skin).
Omiya Hachiman Shrine
Omiya Hachiman Shrine is located in Narita, Japan, and is dedicated to the god Hachiman. The shrine was built in 1591 and has a large festival that takes place every year. The torii gate at this shrine is said to be one of the largest in Japan. It's also popular with photographers because of its unique shape and bright red color.
The torii gate makes for a great photo op!
Narita Gion Yamamoto Festival
The Narita Gion Yamamoto Festival is held in May and is the largest festival in Narita. It's a traditional event that has been held since the Edo period and features a parade of floats through the middle of town. The festival has an old history, and it's a great way to experience Japanese culture!
Ai River Sumo Parade
The Ai River Sumo Parade is held every year on the last Sunday of April. The festival is a traditional Japanese event that dates back over 500 years, and it's something you don't want to miss. Every year, hundreds of people gather at Narita City Hall to watch the parade march along its path through the city. There are three parts to this procession: a procession of sumo wrestlers wearing Haori jackets; floats decorated with flowers; and entertainers dressed in traditional costumes who perform dance routines with fans.
Afterward, you can enjoy watching these performers dance on stage or browse through stands selling food, crafts, and souvenirs while enjoying some refreshments from vendors selling soft drinks and beer as well!
Tokyo Skytree Tower
The Tokyo Skytree Tower is the tallest in the world, standing 634 meters (2080 feet) tall. It has two observation decks and a restaurant on its upper levels, as well as several broadcasting antennas. You can walk all around this structure, but if you want to go up inside it then you have to buy tickets for special tours that go into the tower itself.
These tours are only available during certain times of day when there aren't too many people visiting---so make sure you check ahead before planning your visit!
Yoro Park and Yoro Falls
If you're looking for a place to enjoy nature, Yoro Park and Yoro Falls are great options. Located about 15 minutes away from Narita airport by bus or taxi, the park's numerous trails offer stunning views of mountains, rivers, and nearby towns. The falls themselves are an especially popular spot in the summer months when locals come out to cool off after enduring one of Narita's sweltering days. Additionally, it's common practice here to have picnics by the river while enjoying some light hiking through the park.
Narita Gion Matsuri
The festival is held in Narita city, an easy day trip from Tokyo. It takes place over 3 days in May and celebrates the start of the rice planting season and Buddha's birth. The main event is a large parade with floats representing different parts of Japan, which makes for great photo opportunities as well as entertaining to watch.
If you happen to be in Narita city during June, there is a festival that will give you the chance to experience some of their traditions. Nemba Yohkasai is held every year on Hachiman-no-Hori Street and it has been celebrated for over 400 years. There are three main parts to this festival:
The first part is when they carry a mikoshi (portable shrine) around the town while chanting "Nemba Yohka" as they go.
The second part involves two large horses running through town with people dancing around them in their traditional dress. These huge horses are impressive! You can see them wearing beautiful straw hats and armor made from wood, metal, or paper plates covered in flowers and other decorations that match their riders' kimono outfits perfectly! It's quite an amazing sight!
Finally, there's a parade where dancers perform traditional dances wearing beautiful costumes called "Ohayashi" (meaning "entertainment"). There's also another type of dance called "Taiko Drumming" where performers play drums while wearing masks attached by strings so they could move freely without tripping themselves up!
Kanto Matsuri is a festival of traditional Japanese culture and art that is held in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture. It occurs every year in May and is the largest festival in Japan.
The festival commemorates the establishment of Narita City on May 1st, 1791. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate this momentous occasion as well as other historical events related to Narita City such as its merger with Tokyo Prefecture in 1889, becoming an independent municipality from Tōkyō-to (Tokyo Province) in 1892, and its designation by King Edward VII into a city on December 22nd, 1905.
Visit a beer garden
A beer garden is a place where people can drink beer, eat food and enjoy the company of others. You'll be able to find these in Japan, so you should check one out!
Beer gardens are open-air establishments that serve beer and other beverages. Most also offer a variety of food items like sausages and pretzels. There may even be live music playing in some places!
Go to Sanrizuka Strawberry Park
Sanrizuka Strawberry Park is a place that you should visit if you're in Narita. It is located at 1-1 Sanrizuka 3-chome, Narita city, Chiba Prefecture. The admission fee to the park is 300 yen (about $2) for adults and 100 yen for children. There are many things to do in this park such as strawberry picking, train rides, and horse riding. You can also buy delicious food there like strawberry ice cream or even a strawberry smoothie!
The best part about this park is that it is open all year round so no matter what season it is; you will enjoy your time there because they have everything from flowers growing everywhere around them when spring rolls around during summertime where everything looks lush green while some parts become brownish red color during autumn due to falling leaves falling off trees found within these areas which creates amazing photos opportunities throughout different seasons throughout year then ending up with snow covering everything once winter arrives bringing magic back into life again before starting cycle all over again next springtime when flowers begin blooming again until winter comes along once more making sure they'll survive long enough until next year's crop begins fruiting off new ones from seeds planted by bees pollinating nearby plants growing just outside area surrounding farmlands across Japan where honey made from nearby farms sold annually worldwide through online sales including local grocery stores also known as supermarkets (not Walmart!) every Springtime after being harvested ready for sale overseas too!
Take the city bus tour
One of the best ways to see Narita is by taking a city bus tour. The tours are free, and you can get on and off at any stop that interests you. You can pick up a map of the city at the tourist information center, or listen to an audio guide as you ride (these are available in English). Some buses also come with a ticket coupon for discount admission at one of Narita's museums or parks!
If you're looking for things to do in Narita, these are some of our favorites. We hope that you enjoy your visit!